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Former Lewis & Clark hoopster drafted to WNBA

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Former Lewis and Clark High standout Briann January could soon be earning a fat paycheck playing basketball.  The guard from Arizona State was drafted by the Indiana Fever in Thursday's WNBA draft.

January was the No. 6 pick overall in the draft.  The Atlanta Dream picked first, selecting Angel McCoughtry from Louisville.  Washington took Maryland's Marissa Coleman, followed by teammate Kristi Toliver, who was selected by Chicago. 

The Minnesota Lynx picked UConn's Renee Montgomery for pick No. 4. 

January graduated from Lewis & Clark (Spokane) in 2005, earning first-team All-State honors by both the Associated Press and the Seattle Times.  She was a four-time first-team All-Greater Spokane League honoree, leading the Tigers in assists in all four of her seasons.

As a Sun Devil, January was named one of the top defenders in the country in 2008, and was named the Pac-10's first-ever Defensive Player of the Year the past two seasons.  This year, she shot 44.8 percent from the field, averaging 12.3 points and 4.8 assists.

As a point guard, January fills a need for Indiana, who has been relying on 36-year-old Tully Bevilaqua to direct traffic on the court.  AZCentral.com quoted coach Lin Dunn as saying January would compete for a starting job.
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